Tour of California: Dennis Wins Folsom Time Trial


Rohan Dennis (BMC) took victory in the individual time trial at the Amgen Tour of California by an impressive 17 seconds ahead of the next placed rider, Andrew Talansky

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Tour of California: Dennis Wins Folsom Time Trial

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In a show of skill and experience, Rohan Dennis took victory in today’s individual time trial at the Amgen Tour of California an impressive 17 seconds ahead of the next placed rider, Andrew Talansky (Cannondale).

After his winning performance, the Australian national time trial champion now moves into second on the General Classification, 16 seconds behind Etixx-Quick-Step’s Julian Alaphilippe, who was able to hold to his race lead over the 20.3km course around Folsom. There was further podium success for BMC Racing Team as Taylor Phinney, the early leader of the stage, finished third, 20 seconds behind Dennis.

Brent Bookwalter was also in the mix today, finishing fifth and moving up to third on the General Classification, 38 seconds behind Alaphillppe.

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Following the stage, we spoke to Dennis about his time trial victory and this is what he had to say.

The look on your face as you crossed the finish showed you had given it your all today. Can you describe how you felt in that moment? “I was fairly confident as I crossed the line that I had set the quickest time for the rest of the race. I was in a fair bit of pain, the main thing I remember was that I had that taste of metallic in my mouth for the last four or five kilometers from the lactate so it was good to get a drink and wash that out.”

The condition were by no means an easy today, how did you feel as you were riding? “The wind was definitely getting stronger and stronger throughout the day which actually played into our favor a little bit with Alaphilippe because he is a smaller rider and would have been blown around a little bit more. In the end it didn’t make too much of a difference with the stage win, that was my goal for the day as well as trying to take time out. So, it was still a good day, even if we didn’t get the yellow jersey.”

You won by a fairly significant margin today, what are your thoughts about that? “I think that today was probably one of the best time trial’s that I have done so I am happy with that, really happy after looking at the power profile. It was also a good indication that after six days, everything I have done leading up to now has been working and I am on the right track especially after not a whole lot of racing. I am in a good place mentally with my form and I was pretty happy to come away with that win.”

And now looking forward to tomorrow’s stage? “Tomorrow is going to be a difficult one I think. A lot people have been saying watch out for Stage 7 as Santa Rosa is super hilly, it’s going to be possibly the hardest stage. I struggle to believe that in some way as everyday has been hard and a few days have been super hard so it may just completely explode the peloton and that could actually open up possible chances to get that yellow jersey.”




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